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story.lead_photo.caption Senor Moose server and bartender Phil West, right, confirms there is indoor brunch seating for married couple Nataly Ocampo, 28, and Stephen Durkee, 36, shortly after Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's executive orders to stop indoor restaurant dining in the coming days to combat Covid-19, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. West, a long time employee at the restaurant, said the "Dine In!" sign had just been made, and that this is the first time the restaurant allowed inside dining since March. It has allowed sidewalk dining for a while and will continue. "It's probably a good thing to shut down for public safety," said West, who at first said, "It's not ideal." Senor Moose will remain open for takeout and sidewalk dining. (Ken Lambert /The Seattle Times via AP)

Michigan has joined Washington and several other states in announcing renewed efforts to combat the coronavirus as more than 11 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported in the United States — with the most recent million coming in less than a week — and as many Americans prepare to observe a Thanksgiving holiday marked by the pandemic.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Sunday ordered high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining and suspended organized sports — including the football playoffs — in an attempt to curb the state's spiking case numbers.

The order also restricts indoor and outdoor residential gatherings, closes some entertainment facilities and bans gyms from hosting group exercise classes. The new rules are set to last three weeks.

The directives from Michigan come on the same day Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the state would enforce new restrictions on businesses and social gatherings for the next month as it, too, continued to combat a rising number of cases.

Starting Tuesday, gyms and some entertainment centers in Washington will be required to close their indoor services. Retail stores, including grocery stores, will be ordered to limit indoor capacity and multiple-household, indoor social gatherings will be prohibited unless attendees have quarantined for 14 days or tested negative for COVID-19 and quarantined for a week. By Wednesday, restaurants and bars will again be limited to outdoor dining and to-go service.

The actions also follow grim milestones passed by Texas and California last week as the states each marked more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

In Texas, sporting events were canceled and at least one city added mobile morgues in anticipation of hospital-overwhelming virus deaths. Meanwhile, in California, the nation's most populous state and the first one to issue a statewide stay-at-home order, officials urged those planning holiday gatherings to take strict precautions, including keeping visits small, outdoors and less than two hours long.

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And in North Dakota, Gov. Doug Burgum ordered a statewide mask mandate and imposed several business restrictions late Friday in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus that has stressed the state's hospital capacity. The Republican heeded the advice of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to require face coverings. Bars, restaurants and other venues were also ordered to reduce capacity.

Though not nearly as sweeping as those imposed last spring, the restrictions in Michigan and Washington signified returns similar to measures taken in the beginning months of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. when both were under strict stay-at-home orders.

In Washington — which was among the first states to report a COVID-19 case and death in early 2020 — all 39 of its counties have been paused in the second or third phase of a four-stage reopening plan that started in early May after a lockdown that began in March.

The restrictions announced by Inslee, a Democrat, temporarily rolls back all counties and places them under the same guidelines. The advisories say people should avoid non-essential out-of-state travel and quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country.

Whitmer, also a Democrat, previously faced criticism for her coronavirus actions, including from the Republican-led Legislature which refused to extend the state's coronavirus emergency declaration in April and voted to authorize a lawsuit challenging Whitmer's authority to combat the pandemic.

Earlier that month, she faced pushback by those who opposed the decision to toughen rather than relax what already was one of the nation's strictest stay-home orders.

Health experts and officials across the nation are now cautioning people to forego or revise gatherings and holiday travel plans as Thanksgiving and winter celebrations approach.

As of Sunday, Johns Hopkins University's coronavirus tracker has reached 11 million after topping 10 million cases Nov. 9 — with the most recent million coming in just six days. It took 300 days for the U.S. to hit the 11 million mark since the first case was diagnosed in Washington state Jan. 20.

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